SHARE Organization

Our Team

  • Board of Directors: Paul McLellan (President), Stephen Hood (Vice-President), Caitlin Armstrong, Hugh McLelland, Lynn Moore, Tiegan Armstrong, Sarah Sawatsky, Steve Craig, John Moore
  • Secretary to the Board: Volunteer Opportunity, Treasurer – Joe Gray, 
  • Bookkeeper – Ben Tasson
  • Committees: Communications Committee, Fundraising Committee, Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee, Policy Committee
  • Project Management Team: Craig Frayne, Hamsha Pathmanathan, Carl Fletcher, Casey Willemse
  • Administrative Support: Marg Frayne, Judy Dunstan 

Volunteer With Us!

SHARE benefits from the talents and expertise of many other volunteers. If you would like to arrange a presentation by a SHARE volunteer, be a SHARE volunteer, help on a committee or fund raise for SHARE please contact us at info@shareagfoundation.org.

Financial Information

SHARE’s work in Canada is done by dedicated volunteers who put in many hours of time working out of home offices and fundraising. This means that administration costs can be kept low and donations are used for our project work. Costs such as our newsletter expenses are covered by an annuity and investments designated by generous donors. Through the years SHARE has applied for and received funding from the Canadian government (GAC, DFATD, and CIDA), private foundations, service clubs, organizations and churches expanding our results.

Background

SHARE was founded in 1976 by a small group of farmers in the Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada. 

Many of the founding group stayed involved in SHARE their whole lives and were the inspiration for many other people to the work of SHARE.

SHARE’S first project was started with establishing a dairy herd at the University of Mossoro, in northeast Brazil. A Milton farming couple Hugh and Melba Beaty sold their dairy herd to be able to move to Brazil and supervise the project for 2 years. Ontario cattle were donated and sent to Mossoro. In the 1970’s this was the norm for charities, but now we recognize that some native breeds are better adapted to the local climatic conditions purchasing in the developing country helps the local economy.

The Mossoro dairy project was a clear success in its ability to help the poor community of Mossoro. For 30 years, some of the milk from the project has been directed to Sister Ellen, a Franciscan nun to assist her in feeding the hundreds of street children in her care.  (Read The S.H.A.R.E. Legacy letter) As the cattle herd grew, cattle were sold, and the proceeds were given to the community to build schools, health posts and community centers. The bulls were sold first. Canadian Holstein’s would fetch an excellent price from very rich farmers. A micro credit fund was established from the sales and successfully loaned to poor farmers and managed by them.

Other early projects focused on cattle, a successful water buffalo project in the Amazon, sheep, chicks, bees, irrigation, wells, tools, rabbits, crop inputs, goats, pigs, skills and agriculture training and education.

SHARE has also been able to help in times of natural disasters sending funds to Jamaica, El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras for immediate emergency relief supplies, for homes and to reestablish agriculture projects.

Hundreds of small projects have been completed in the early years in the Caribbean and Africa, and more recently in Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, Bolivia and even across the world in Cambodia. Some larger projects have received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA (now called Global Affairs Canada) – Canada’s lead agency for international assistance. In each case SHARE has made alliances with trusted local partners who manage our projects and help us to effectively monitor the work

SHARE Board 1985 - with caption
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